It is Bloggiesta challenge time!
One of the most difficult tasks as a blogger is keeping everything organized. I have participated in many conversations over the years about how to plan posts, organize a blogging calendar, maintain a list of future discussion posts, and more. This May, I will be celebrating 7 years of blogging and I finally feel like I have found a system that works for me. Allow me to share my organizational saviors . . .
CALENDAR: I use a paper calendar for my blog as well as for most of my other bookish activities, including book clubs and other blogging sites that I help to maintain. For one of my blog projects, I also use Google Calendar. I am a huge fan of Google Calendar, but I already have the max amount of colors utilized for all my other life events. For this reason, I reserve my paper calendar for main blog planning and scheduling. (Plus, I tend to be a bit old school and love the feel of the calendar in my hands.)
EVERNOTE: When I discovered this app, my life changed for the better. It is really that good! I can sync my notebooks via my laptop, mobile, and desktop computer. No matter where I am, I have my little “notebook” to jot down ideas, maintain my list of tasks, keep a running list of future discussion posts, save articles that I want to share with my readers or to save for later reading (by using the Evernote Web Clipper), and so much more. Let me show you just a few ways that I use Evernote . . .
The Big Picture
I have a notebook for everything! I have my personal notebook, one for blog projects, a specific one for special links I want to share with my readers and another for all those links that I have already shared, one for photography tips I want to reference, and so many, many more. There is really very few limits to the number of notebooks (well, if you use the FREE account, you get 100).
|A Peek At My Evernote Notebooks|
Breaking It Down Further
Within each notebook, you can then break your organization down into greater detail. For example, under my Blog Projects Notebook, I have a number of separate notes: Tif Talks Books, Armchair BEA, Book Bloggers International, to name my main ones. I also have a few others for special blog projects (e.g., my journaling challenge), but you can get the idea.
|A Portion Of Literary Link Love Notebook|
The Dirty Details
Within each notebook, I then break my notes and organization down even further. I keep running lists of tasks, such as my ongoing Bloggiesta To Do List. I jot down notes for future discussion posts. I track where I left off on my review indexes, so I know where I need to catch up and how long it has been since I last updated these pages. I keep lists, notes, contact information, web articles, and so much more. There really is no end to the creativity in your organization.
|Tif Talks Books Never-Ending To-Do List|
One thing I want to particularly address is my daily list of tasks. I keep a running list within my personal notebook of all the things I need to do. I put everything on this list, from blog updates to personal reminders and errands and so much more. I usually keep this list a month in advance, and this is the note that I use the most frequently. It is opened every single day, despite my little example below not including weekends. (I use my weekends as catch-up time, so whatever doesn’t get completed during the week, I usually make it a point to finish during the weekend.) It has been so great to help divide up my tasks throughout the week, guaranteeing that I remember to work on all the different projects that I currently have on my plate.
|A Glimpse Into My Future Weekly Tasks|
Now, before moving on to the challenge, let me share some additional thoughts on organization from other bloggers . . .
Other Blogger Fans of Evernote
Kinna from Kinna Reads: Kinna uses Evernote for everything. She uses it for monthly planning, gathering ideas for blogs posts, clipping other's reviews of books to read later as well as poems and short stories to read. In short, everything to do with her blog.
Tanya from Girlxoxo: Tanya uses Evernote in a wide variety of ways, but in particular, she uses it for her blogging calendar. She shares details with you all about it here.
Other Blogger-Approved Organizational Tools
Evernote has not yet found everyone and not everyone feels Evernote is the right tool for them, so here are some additional ideas and resources for you from others in the blogosphere . . .
Rebecca from Love at First Book uses the Wordpress Editorial Calendar
Suey from It’s All About Books uses Google Drive from spreadsheets for reviews to docs for listing ideas. She also uses a tiny paper calendar the old fashioned way (just like me!).
Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves uses Google Calendar and lots and lots of spreadsheets. She uses the latter for tracking review copies that come in, publicity contact info, etc. You can view more information here on those spreadsheets.
Bryan from Still Unfinished uses Evernote, but also the app Day Journal /Day One (depending on your device you downlowd the app to). You can find a list of all his blogging tools here for more information.
Charleen from Cheap Thrills uses Google Calendar and MS OneNote. She prefers this resource because it's easier to navigate between tabs than lots of separate files (or one massively long one).
Brianna from The Book Vixen uses Google Calendar, Google Docs, Wunderlist app (to-do list), and Goodreads. How does she utilize Goodreads? She uses the 'private notes' field to note where she got the book and also has dedicated shelves like review queue, to be reviewed (meaning book has been read, I need to write review), etc.
Now, it is your turn! If you feel you have no room to improve and you have already perfected your organizational skills, share in the comments what you use to stay organized. If there is room for improvement, explore some of these options and get organized now. And, remember to come back and share in the comments how you decided to get organized.
Questions? You can ask those in the comments section as well!
Happy Organizing!! Don't forget to check back at Bloggiesta Headquarters for more challenges and information on this event.